Oscar Pistorius Guilty of Murder After Manslaughter Conviction Overturned by Court of Appeal

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal overruled the athlete's original conviction of 'culpable homicide' and he now faces being sent back to jail. Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist was handed a five-year jail sentence for the "culpable homicide" of Miss Steenkamp last year but prosecutors said he should be convicted of murder for firing four shots through a locked toilet door.

This morning a top appeal judge overruled the athlete's original conviction after agreeing that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp and that she fled to a toilet during a row.
The Blade Runner left jail on parole in October and is meant to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest, but now he faces being sent back to jail.

Judge Lorimer Leach dismissed Pistorius' argument that he was acting in self-defence, finding that there was no rational basis for him to have feared for his life.

The judge said: "He must have foreseen that the person he was firing at behind the door might have been fatally injured."
Pistorius now awaits a date to be sent back to the court to be re-sentenced for murder by the same judge who conducted his trial.

Judge Thokozile Masipa was praised by the appeal court for having conducted proceedings "in the glare of the media spotlight".

But she will now come under scrutiny again, as she decides what further punishment Pistorius must face for his new conviction.

There were emotional scenes for the family of Reeva Steenkamp. 
Reeva's mum June Steenkamp is embraced as the judge confirms Pistorius is guilty of murder
Her mum June appeared tearful, and was embraced by family members, as Judge Leach made it clear he was convicting Pistorius of murder.

And there were more hugs outside court as she was greeted by campaigners from the ANC Womens' League.

It comes two weeks after the former Paralympic sprinter made his first public outing since he was released from jail, to carry out community service.

He was released from jail in secret on October 19 to serve the remaining four years of his sentence under house arrest.

Pistorius was wearing a black baseball cap and sunglasses when he arrived at Garsfontein police station in the South African capital.

He was greeted by reporters who asked “Hi Oscar, how are you?”, but Pistorius did not reply.

Reeva's mother has gone on the record saying that Pistorius should have spent longer behind bars for shooting her daughter dead.
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